Poetry by John Di Leonardo – 11/18


(Inspired by Paul Gavin’s “Morning Colours: San Clemente Pier Walk” Oil, 2014.)
Hand in hand we walk the pier
toward a big yellow building
where in one hour
we will be American citizens
My daddy is not afraid, edging
the pier he smokes a Camel
stares at ships out to sea
feels the past through smoke
where sky and water embrace
and black battleships sink
with the setting sun, and hope
I’d like to leap this pier, taste
their story beyond that flat line

 John Di Leonardo

John Di Leonardo is a Canadian visual artist/poet, past president of The Brooklin Poetry Society, editor of Verse Afire. He is also an Associate Member of The League of Canadian Poets, and a member of the Canadian Authors Association. He has published two award winning chapbooks Book of Hours (2014), Starry Nights (2015), and is the recipient of the 2017 Ted Plantos Memorial Award. His poetry has appeared in over thirty poetry anthologies, and in Canadian poetry journals such as The Banister, Verse Afire, and Tower Poetry. He writes and paints in Brooklin, Ontario. You can visit him at johndileonardo.ca.